Dec 23, 2012 8:00am PST
. >>> ahead on "reliable sources" a harrowing ordeal in syria for richard engel. risk-taking reporters in just a moment. who do you think i am, quicken loans? ♪ at quicken loans, our amazingly useful mortgage calculator app allows you to quickly calculate your mortgage payment based on today's incredibly low interest rates... right from your iphone or android smartphone. one more way quicken loans is engineered to amaze. ♪ >>> richard engel is one of those reporters who just can't stay away from danger from iraq to afghanistan, from lebanon to egypt. magnetically attracted to war zones. i was sickened to learn that he and his crew had been kidnapped what engel later described as progovernment militants in syria. >> hello, how are you? >> sigh of relief. it was announced that he was safe inside neighboring turkey. he later popped up on "today" show to describe what happened. >> a group of gunmen just literally jumped out of the trees and bushes. they dragged us out of the car. >> what followed was a five-day ordeal that is chilling to listen to. >> we weren't physically be
Dec 18, 2012 6:00am PST
production crew are safely out of syria. nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel and his crew disappeared thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. this morning he told the "today" show how they were all finally set free. >> at the end of this, we were being moved to yet another location in the later around 11:00 last night local time and as we were moving along the road the kidnappers came across a rebel checkpoint, something they hadn't expected so we were in the back of what you'd think of as a mini van and as we were driving along the road the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gun fight with it. two of the kidnappers were killed, they climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us. we spent the night with them, we didn't get much sleep. >> ivan watson joins us from istanbul, turkey. ivan, who were these kidnappers and why did they take me see journalists? >> well, according to richard engel's statement this was a shabiha pro-government militia made up of shiite muslims and it gives you a sense of how chaotic the situation has gotten inside syria.
Dec 18, 2012 9:00am PST
days. american journalist lives to tell that story. richard engel and his crew were captured last thursday after crossing into northwest syria from turkey. they suffered psychological torture. >> they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places, and they kept us blindfolded, bound, we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture, threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. when we refused there were mock shootings. they pretended to shoot gazi, when you're blindfolded and they fire the gun up in the air it can be a traumatic experience. at the end of this, we were being moved to yet another location in the -- around 11:00 last night local time, and as we were moving along the road, the kidnappers came across a rebel check point something he hadn't expected. we were in the back of what you think of as a minivan. as we were driving along the road, the kidnappers saw this checkpoint, started a gunfight with it, two of the kidnappers were killed. we climbed out of the vehicle and the rebels took us.
Dec 18, 2012 4:00am PST
free unharmed. nbc says richard engel and his crew, safe and out of the country. nick paton walsh following this story. a dramatic series of event. >> engel's crew crossed into syria on thursday. nothing was heard. no ransom request, no contact. until they appeared to be free on monday. subsequently emerges, they were picked up, mr. engel says, by a men in ski masks. 15 of them, who leapt out of the bushes and took his team as hostages. they were moved around the country in the back of an open pickup, blind folded and bound, but otherwise not harmed. they were transferred to another location. this all happening in the north of syria. now, during that journey, they seem to have come across a group of rebels called the atar al sham brigade, who entered into a gun fight with their captors. it caused the nbc team to be free. >> no physical harm. but psychological farm. fa harm. fake executions, asking them which one of them they would like to be executed first. >> they believe that there was a reb regime to the loyalty. mr. engel has gone on to say that they may have been thugs. in co
Dec 18, 2012 4:00pm PST
. they begin with nbc, and richard engel -- i'm sorry about that we're going to baghdad where iraqi president jalal talabani is in the hospital after suffering a stroke monday night. nic robertson has the story. >> erin, well, the health of the president is not good. it's been described as very unwell. collapsing of what appears to be a stroke in a hospital in baghdad. according to the prime minister's office, they're considering whether to treat him in iraq or send him for medical treatment outside the country. 79 years old. he has been an important figure because he has helped bridge some of those deep ethnic and sectarian positions in iraq. he's building alliances that has aloud the country to somewhat keep functioning. he was treated for a health care in 2007. treated for being overweight and another issue for this back just this year in germany. but his health right now, not good. the outlook not particularly good right now, erin. >> thanks very much to nic. and next, trying to help any way they can, a ray of hope here in newtown. share "not even close." share "you owe me..." s
Dec 18, 2012 11:00am PST
point more than a dozen armed gunmen, richard engel, said ambushed them and took them into custody, threw them in the back of a pickup truck and drove them to a location. they were blindfolded. they were bound for several days. they were subjected to mock executions. they went through really a terrible time. and this is part of what richard told his colleagues on the "today" show, a few hours ago, about what they went through while they were in captivity. let's listen. >> and they took us to a series of safe houses and interrogation places. and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we weren't physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture. threats of being killed. they made us choose which one of us would be shot first. when we refused, there were mock shootings. they pretended to shoot ghazi several times. when you're blindfolded, and then they fired the gun up in the air. it can be very traumatic experience. and at end of this, we were being moved to yet another location in the -- around 11:00 last night local time. and as we were moving along the road, the kidna
Dec 18, 2012 1:00pm PST
and expressing relief today. richard engel says his crew was captured last week as they crossed from turkey into syria. he believes his kidnappers were militia loyal to the syrian government. >>> the average price of regular self-serve gasoline in the u.s. is now $3.24. the price has fallen every day for almost a month and it could fall to levels not seen in two years. analysts credit in part the better economy and continued high unemployment. wolf? >> lisa, thank you. >>> two more families here in connecticut burying their children. their funerals and their stories. that's ahead. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms by keeping my airways open for 24 hours. plus, it reduces copd flare-ups. spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled copd maintenance treatment that does both. spiriva handihaler tiotropium bromide inhalation powder does not replace fast-acting inhalers for sudden symptoms. tell your doctor if you have kidney problems, glaucoma, trouble urinating, or an enlarged prostate. these may worsen with spiriva. discuss all medicines y